Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Rain won't dampen fair's debut

Hillsdale, NY, USA: "Superstar Sunday is Charlie Daniels Day this year. The multi-Grammy Award-winner brings his high octane performance playing his own brand of R&B, country, rock and bluegrass for two Main Stage shows, at and 3 and 8:30 p.m. Daniels fans should plan on arriving early. Free shuttle buses will provide transport from off-grounds parking when the on-grounds parking is full."

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Amnews.com - Parton, Gill and Daniels coming to Norton Center

Amnews.com - Parton, Gill and Daniels coming to Norton Center: Parton, Gill and Daniels coming to Norton Center

The legendary Dolly Parton will headline a new series of concerts at the Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College.

The Norton Center partners with First Southern National Bank to present 'Southern Nights,' the major new series that will bring leading country and popular music stars to Centre College. The Charlie Daniels Band and Vince Gill also are scheduled to perform this fall.

Parton inaugurates the new series Sept. 17 with the only Kentucky performance on her 'Vintage Tour,' arranged to introduce her new 'Those Were the Days' album, which is due for release in October.
The series continues with The Charlie Daniels Band on Oct. 27. Daniels' 1979 hit, 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia,' is is one of the most recognizable songs of the century and topped both the country and pop charts, and won a Grammy Award. The band's unique style touches on everything from country to rock and jazz, folk to western swing, and honky-tonk to gospel.

Daniels also has been known for his philanthropy. A $100,000 gift this month to the Galilean Home in Casey County captured local headlines.

Daniels' special guests for the Newlin Hall concerts will be The Winter Brothers Band.



You might not have to go far if you want to meet country music legend Charlie Daniels. Just enter the drawing at Kentucky Speedway and cross your fingers.

One lucky fan will be named honorary starter of the Charlie Daniels Band Fall Classic on Sept. 10.

The winner of the drawing will get to rub elbows with Daniels (the race's grand marshal) and NASCAR-AutoZone Elite Division drivers during pre-race ceremonies, then wave the green flag for the Bluegrass 150 race at 8 p.m.

To enter the contest, download an entry form from www.kentuckyspeedway.com or send a printed postcard with your name, address, phone number and e-mail address to: Fall Classic Honorary Starter, Kentucky Speedway, 2216 Dixie Highway, Suite 200, Fort Mitchell, Ky., 41017

Friday, August 19, 2005

Tailgate Party and Fiddle Fire to be reissued!

Nashville City Paper: "A pair of late '90s Charlie Daniels releases have just been reissued, both of them reaffirming his flamboyance as a fiddler and also highlighting the wide stylistic range of his band. Fiddle Fire and Tailgate Party (both Blue Hat/Koch) include Daniels and company stretching out on Southern boogie romps, doing blues and bluegrass bits, covering Blind Willie McTell, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton tunes, dabbling into Cajun and rock pieces, and even features in the title track on Fiddle Fire an arrangement not far removed from what was once called jazz-rock. Though he's a capable and congenial vocalist, the rapid-fire runs, twists, licks and riffs that Daniels weaves through his solos serve as the primary foundation for the CDB, with guitarist Bruce Brown, keyboardist Taz Digregorio, bassist Charlie Hayward, second guitarist Chris Wormer and drummer Jack Gavin then pivoting off, complimenting or contrasting the fiery Daniels fiddle work with their own solos, exchanges and responses. The CDB remains a vibrant and surprising ensemble, and these are two among a long list of prime Daniels' items."

If you missed them the first time, now's your chance to get them! They both rock.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Charlie Daniels Band Fall Classic at the Kentucky Speedway

Race Schedule: You can pick up tickets for the "Charlie Daniels Band Fall Classic" at the Kentucky Speedway happening on September 10th. Tickets are about $35, and there is a concert by the CDB before the race!

Reduced prices for Dwight Yoakam and Charlie Daniels

Smoky Mountain News | Arts Events: " Reduced prices for Dwight Yoakam and Charlie Daniels

A limited number of reduced price tickets are now available for a benefit concert featuring Dwight Yoakam and the Charlie Daniels Band at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center on the campus of Western Carolina University.

The concert promoter has just released some $29.50 seats in selected sections of the Ramsey Center arena, said Laura Huff, marketing coordinator for the Ramsey Center. Interested ticket buyers should ask about the “promoter’s special.”

In addition to the special $29.50 seats, regular admission is $39.50 or $49.50. For tickets or information, call 828.227.7722, toll-free 866.WCU.FEST, or visit http://ramseycenter.wcu.edu."

Despite $100,000 from Charlie Daniels, Galilean Home needs financial help

Amnews.com: "Sandy Tucker founded the Galilean Home with her husband, Jerry. The home takes care of orphans and the disabled. Its Angel House takes care of babies born to incarcerated women, until their mothers get out of prison.

The Tuckers believe that natural disasters this summer have prompted people to donate to other causes, and that has lowered the level of donations.

Sandy is the main fundraiser in the organization, but has been in the hospital twice in March as she fights colon cancer. Since she has been ill she hasn't written her newsletter regularly, and said that may also have had an impact on donations.

'I don't often write a plea letter,' she said of her note in the August newsletter. 'But, if you don't let people know where you are standing ... we need to get out of debt.'

Soon after the newsletter was mailed, Charlie Daniels, a well-known country music singer and fiddler, sent a check for $100,000.

'It was a miracle,' Sandy said, adding that it would help them pay the electric bill that has been past due for four months and some other bills."

Charlie nearly gets a mohawk (with audio)

Podcast.net - The Podcast Directory If you're familiar with podcasts and bluegrass, the name Wichita Rutherford might be familiar to you. He conducts interviews with big names in bluegrass and puts them on the internet.

Wichita is quite a character -- he looks like Junior Brown's younger, slightly retarded brother, but it's all in good fun. He's very funny, and at one point he says to Charlie, "You are so precious, I just want to reach over there and pat your hand."

He also asks Charlie if he ever goes into the museum in Nashville, puts on his nice duds, and stands there like a mannequin to surpise customers.

Charlie's inteview is number 21, from back in April. He also makes an appearance on the Chris Thile episode, listed as number one on the list.

They are about five minutes long each in mp3 format. From the site linked here they open in a popup window, and my browsers (IE and Firefox) used quicktime to play them. If you have iTunes, you can also find it there.


Monday, August 15, 2005

Charlie Daniels to Cold Pizza & MDA Telethon

AngryCountry.com - Charlie Daniels to Cold Pizza & MDA Telethon: "Charlie Daniels to Cold Pizza & MDA Telethon

Music icon CHARLIE DANIELS continues to give America a strong look at a true American Patriot. With the recent release of the Blue Hat/Koch Records album, Songs From The Longleaf Pines; A Gospel Bluegrass Collection, Charlie Daniels is continuing to ride the media wave.

Charlie Daniels will head to New York City this coming Monday (Aug 15th) to make appearances on ESPN�s Cold Pizza national morning show. He continues with a taping of Emeril Live that will air in November, and that is not all�Charlie will perform two songs on the upcoming Labor Day weekend MDA Telethon (Sept 4/5). In November, look for Charlie to appear on the CBS Early Show (Nov 19th)."

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Equestrian team dances to Charlie Daniels. Trigger rejoices in heaven

Columbia, Maryland: "Before each show, the horses are outfitted in matching tack, and riders in costume. An announcer introduces each horse and rider, and then it's show time.
At the Howard County Fair, Saddle Gals and Guys will perform to country hits like The Charlie Daniels Band's 'This Ain't No Rag, It's a Flag,' and the English quad riders have choreographed an unusual routine involving top hats, coat tails and Frank Sinatra's 'New York, New York,' Mathes said."

Soundtrack drives 'Dukes of Hazzard" Road Saga

Soundtrack drives 'Dukes' road saga: "And of course, there's Charlie Daniels with 'The South's Gonna Do it Again,' the 1974 tribute that managed to name all the great Southern rockers from the Marshall Tucker Band to Wet Willie."

The rest of the soundtrack sounds pretty good, too, they say.

Charlie makes old feller's dream come true [Warning: Picture of woman, 85, in bathing suit]

From Somewhere in Kansas: An organization that grants wishes to old folks used Charlie to help out one of their customers.

"The biggest dream was a resident who got to meet Charlie Daniels in concert in Kansas City and sit on stage during the concert. The resident had owned the Hi Ho Club in Wichita and had let Daniels play in the club before Daniels became famous. During an autograph signing, the two met, Daniels remembered the man and invited him to sit on stage during the concert."

Some Astronaut is like Charlie, or something

Jacksonville.com: Lifestyles: Rapper Astronautalis set to take off 07/22/05: "Like Slug and Buck 65, Astronautalis -- Andy Bothwell during the day -- dribbles out syrupy, folky, hypnotic monologues over dreamily melodic beats that couldn't be further from commonly accepted notion of hip-hop if his name was Charlie Daniels."

Dang man. Go to Walmart and listen to the 10th track on Decade of Hits, called Every Time I See Him. The man can do everything.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Charlie Daniels, 'Devil' close down 4-H fair | Janesville, Wisconsin, USA

Charlie Daniels, 'Devil' close down 4-H fair | The Janesville Gazette | Janesville, Wisconsin, USA: "Charlie Daniels, 'Devil' close down 4-H fair

(Published Monday, August 1, 2005 10:56:58 AM CDT)

By James Davison
Gazette Staff

A tale of the devil and his duel with a fiddle-playing Georgian brought the 2005 Rock County 4-H Fair to a close Sunday night in front of a large crowd of happy music fans.

The Charlie Daniels Band played its well-known hit 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' after an hour-and-a-half set of classic country music blended with southern rock.

'We've got one more song to play for you,' Daniels said in a deep raspy voice.

The crowd responded with a loud cheer, anticipating 'Devil.'

'You think you know what it is, don't you?' he added. 'Well, you're absolutely right.'

Before the show, several fans who had waited much of the day for a good spot eagerly anticipated Daniels and his band.

Mike Nielsen of Beloit said he has been a fan for as long as he can remember, and he was excited to see Daniels live for the first time.

'That southern rock and country-he's got it going on,' Nielsen said. 'He paved the way for this music.'

Nielsen added that Daniels' advancing age hasn't hurt his music.

'He's gotten quite a bit older, but this man does not slow down. He's like a tank," Nielsen said.

Don Parsons of Janesville said he saw Daniels play 25 years ago, and he was eager to see him again.

"I'm expecting pretty much the same amount of enthusiasm he showed way back then," Parsons said. "I know he's gotten older through the years, but I don't think there's gonna be that much difference. He's just a great entertainer."

Colleen O'Connell of Janesville brought her 6-year-old daughter, Maddisyn, to see the band.

"(Daniels' music) is not like the rest of country music-it's southern," O'Connell said.

During the show, Maddisyn held up a sign that said the Charlie Daniels Band was her mom's first concert, and now it was her first concert.

Daniels noticed Maddisyn's sign.

"I see we have a young lady here who's at her first concert," he said.

At the beginning of the concert, the country legend wore a cowboy hat and dark sunglasses above his bushy gray beard. The 68-year-old was full of energy, playing his fiddle passionately and swinging his bow.

Fans were treated to music that dabbled in a wide range of genres, including blues, gospel and bluegrass. Several of the songs also had strong rock tones.

Daniels played several fan favorites, including "Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye," "The Legend of Wooley Swamp" and "In America."

Each member of the band played responsively to Daniels' ferocious fiddle playing, which resulted in several ruined bows.

Throughout his career, Daniels has been praised by some and criticized by others for the political messages he includes in some of his music.

"I'm probably the most politically incorrect person you'll ever cross," he said during the show.

Before playing "Simple Man," which drew fire in the early '90s for its seeming encouragement of vigilantism, Daniels told the crowd, "I make no apologies for this song."

"Just take them rascals (criminals) out in the swamp / Put them on their knees and tie them to a stump / Let the rattlers and the bugs and the alligators do the rest," he sang.

Share your heartburn with Charlie onstage

Do You Have A Burning Desire To Be A Country Music Star?: "The Ultimate Country Music Grand Prize Package
The grand prize promises to be an ultimate experience for Country Music fans looking for their chance in the spotlight. The lyrics of the Grand Prize winning song will be musically arranged by award-winning singer/songwriter Phil Vassar. The winner will then perform the winning original song on November 11, 2005 at the American Freedom Festival in New York City at the famed Roseland Ballroom, with legendary Country Music artist Charlie Daniels. The American Freedom Festival is a benefit concert where proceeds help to provide educational opportunities and assistance in the general welfare of America's veterans and their families. The winner's name will appear on the billing with several other Country Music stars that are also performing that evening."

"We are thrilled to be working with Prilosec OTC and to help give someone the chance to live out their dream of performing on stage," said famed Country Music legend, Charlie Daniels. "The concert will be an incredible evening of performances in honor of our country's servicemen and women at this historical New York City venue. It just doesn't get any better than that."

The CMA and the heartburn medicine are creating a contest "which will award prizes to Americans who write and sing the best song about how they overcame their most "heartburning" experience."

CDBfan.com recommends a late night pizza after you get dumped. Turn that burn to fame.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Storm sidelines Charlie Daniels after two songs

www.newszap.com: "Fair concert ends on sour note: Storm sidelines Charlie Daniels after two songs

By Jenny Maher, Delaware State News
HARRINGTON -- With dark gray storm clouds hovering overhead and a blustery wind whipping through the air, the Charlie Daniels Band tore into the opening chords of 'Drinking My Baby Goodbye' at the Delaware State Fair Wednesday night.
It was the first song in what was supposed to be an hour-long set, filled with such favorites as 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' and 'The South's Gonna Do it Again.'
The chart-topping group took the stage around 8 p.m. as the opening act for southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd in a sold-out concert at the fair grandstand.
Before the band could finish its second song, however, the skies opened and unleashed a heavy downpour on the fairgrounds, saturating fans as they frantically ran for cover.
With lightning bolts piercing the sky and thunder roaring in the distance, the Charlie Daniels Band left the stage, never to return.
'The people here tell me that for your safety and ours, we need to get off the stage and you all need to take shelter,' Mr. Daniels told the crowd.
It was the last words they heard from him that night.
Around 9:30 p.m., after waiting more than an hour in the rain for the band's return, fans were told that Lynyrd Skynyrd would soon perform.
Those who had come solely to see the Charlie Daniels Band were angry and annoyed.
Concert-goer Scott Armstrong of Bridgeville said he was disappointed with the way fair officials handled the situation.
'They could've easily brought the band back on and let them finish,' the longtime Charlie Daniels fan said.
'Or they could've at least apologized after we waited in the rain for an hour and a half.'
Fair spokeswoman Tricia Southard said the band's management decided it would be best not to finish the set.

"Because of the storm and because it was a weekday and a lot of people had to go to work the next day, it was decided to just let Lynyrd Skynyrd go on and give the best show possible," she said.

"If the Charlie Daniels Band went back on, we would've had to have cleaned the stage for them and then when they finished we would've had to have cleaned it again for Lynyrd Skynyrd. People had waited long enough."

Mr. Armstrong said he left the show after learning that the Charlie Daniels Band would not return.

Like many disgruntled fans, he hoped for a refund, but Ms. Southard said that will not happen. Tickets for the show cost $30 or $27.

"All tickets are non-refundable," she said. "And upon purchase, that information is given to the customer.

"We've had a couple calls from people wondering if there will be any special consideration, but this was a Lynyrd Skynyrd show and Charlie Daniels was the opening band. We feel that we did provide a Lynyrd Skynyrd show."

Charlie Daniels fans will have another chance to see the band in Delaware when the group performs Nov. 4 at Punkin' Chunkin' in Millsboro.

Like the fair, it is an outdoor event.

Mr. Armstrong said he doesn't know if he could handle the disappointment of another rained-out concert.

"I don't need to waste my time to see something that could be cancelled," he said.

"I'd probably only see Charlie Daniels again if it's at an indoor place."

Charlie's Soapbox - French fry grease and Fonda

Charlie's Soapbox: "So get on your little vegetable bus and go protest Jane but don't look to have an easy time of it. America has a long memory when it comes to traitors who aided and abetted an enemy who was killing its sons and daughters and over 50,000 of them died in Vietnam. That's a lot of deeply hurt parents, brothers and sisters and children. A little piece of advice, I wouldn't plan on giving any speeches at VFW or American Legion clubs and I would definitely steer away from any Vietnam Veteran's conventions."

Little vegetable bus! Funny! Word is that Mel Gibson is chasing her in a nuclear powered pro-bus.